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Officials urge safety as East Texas firework sales begin

Officials urge safety as East Texas firework sales begin
The Longview News-Journal
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 9:34pm

Officials are reminding East Texans of the laws and dangers of handling fireworks as stands open this week for Independence Day.

“We still have some citizens that are unaware that it is unlawful to possess or use fireworks within the city limits,” said Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary about the city’s ban.

Fireworks are not allowed within the city limits of Longview, Kilgore or Gladewater but are allowed in the county.

Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said, although it is unlawful to possess them, citations for possession of fireworks are usually reserved for when officers are sure the person is about to use them and not for people who get pulled over with them in their vehicle.

“Most of the officers know there are people buying them at the beginning (of when they go on sale) because they want the best ones,” Brian said.

Hallsville’s city ordinances allow fireworks to be discharged July 4 inside the city limits until midnight, said Mayor Jerri Medrano.

Read more at The Longview News-Journal.

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